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By your command.

So, Angel's not on until 10 PM and we've got to pass the time somehow. On the way home from the pub, the boy tells me that he's got this idea for a third season of Battlestar Galactica. Only it spoils the end of season two and I've never seen it.

In fact, a couple of years ago, Space was re-running Battlestar Galactica and I taped it. We faithfully watched through it all until we got to the second ep of season two and I just couldn't hack it any more.

I mean, it was hard enough dealing with stupid Apollo and stupid Boxy and that stupid mechanical dog all the time, although Starbuck and Boomer made up for it. But in Galactia 1980, stupid Boxy is all growed up and now he's stupid Troy. There's a stupid earth girl reporter and a bunch of deeply annoying Galactica kids all dressed up in outfits that would get them beat up if they weren't superior to Earthlings in every way. The only non-annoying character was Troy's partner Dillon. But even he is pretty boring. There was going to be a kid's baseball game. I bailed.

But tonight the boy dug out the tape and we watched that stupid ep. I missed a lot of the dialogue because I was yelling, "Die, Starla, die!" every time this one horrible little kid came on screen. "Get bitten by a rattlesnake!" "Get your legs sliced off!"

The second ep we saw was not much better, although it had Cylons in it, who are always cool. But stupid Dr Zee, who is this other stupid mega-genius kid who lords it over all the adults on the Galactica and dresses like the Architect, kept making stupid remarks.

There was one redeeming moment. The stupid kids are in a movie theatre. And they are watching This Island Earth, which you might recall from the MST3K movie. We fell about screaming and clutching each other for support. Oh, and Troy and Dillon held hands at one point, but they were invisible at the time.

I guess we'll have to finish out the season now. I could write some Troy/Dillon slash, but that would be too awful for words.

Damn, still 10 minutes til Angel.

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We faithfully watched through it all until we got to the second ep of season two and I just couldn't hack it any more.

Um...but Battlestar Galactica only ran one season, 1978-79. Galactica 1980 was a separate show. *wince* I still love BG in a nostalgic kind of way, but I can't watch it anymore due to the cheese factor. Except for the Very Special Episode where Starbuck weepily declares his love for Apollo without actually saying "Apollo, I love ya, man!" (Otherwise known as War of the Gods Part 2.)

Yeah, I know. But the title cards on these eps I taped all say "Battlestar Galactica" instead of "Galactica 1980" so it all seems pretty hazy.

Except for the Very Special Episode where Starbuck weepily declares his love for Apollo without actually saying "Apollo, I love ya, man!"

Was that the ep where they cruelly tricked us into thinking that Apollo was dead and we wouldn't have to put up with him anymore?

LOL! That's the one. *g* But Starbuck was so pretty when he cried. And clung to Apollo. Heh.

That's the one with the white lights and the deaths and all, right?

That one was soooo good. That and the Starbuck crash lands on planet with the children were my favorite.

Gah! I had successfully managed to repress all memories of "Galactica 1980," until now. Holy Crapitude, Batman! Did that suck or what? Granted, "Battlestar Galactica" was cheesy to the extreme, but it had a kitsch kind of vibe to it. What can I say? I was young and stupid then and have fond memories of it though I haven't seen it in oh, twenty years and suspect that my opinion might change radically with reviewing. But "Galactica 1980"? *No* redeeming value whatsoever. Where's a bloody Cylon attack when you need one?

/puts brain scrubber to good use.

You know, I have a great appreciation for bad things -- bad writing, bad movies, bad TV. Last night I dreamed that I read a sentence that was very, very bad, but so perfectly balanced in it's badness that it was beautiful.

But Galactica 1980? Just. Sucks.

Galactica 1980 was the DEVIL, man. Bless you for the Starla-rants.

Hej Prillalar,

just wanted to let you know I really like your story Sides (delightfully subtle and I love manipulative Draco *g*), and have rec'd it over on my journal today in a 5xDraco/Harry reclist (thought you might like to know)

good luck with your writing :)

Thanks so much for the rec! That's great. :)

And I *love* your icon.

you're welcome!

as for the icon, fiendling made it for me from her brilliant 10 ways to kill Malfoy (good and dead) which I can most definitely recommend *g*

Hal, you mentioned seeing BG on Space channel--are you Canadian!?

I was a pig for BG when it first aired (I'm old *L*) and it was my first foray into fanfiction...in fact, I was even writing slash at the time, although I was just thirteen and didn't know it. I loved Starbuck, thought Apollo was too pompous, but all my stories involved Omega--you know, the poncy bridge officer with the big nose....I gave him an OC girlfriend who was taller than him, stronger, and was always the C part of the H/C situations I put him in...

Obviously a dress rehearsal for my M/Sk fics *L*

I've seen lots about the new BG, and it makes me squirm. I'll still check it out, but it sounds a little too "Dawson's Creek In Space" to really work for me the way the original one did. Starbuck as a woman just doesn't do it for me!

I thought Troy and Dillon were an adorable couple! *L* And I remember wishing horrible things on the "space scouts" myself a time or two!

Thanks for sharing this post!

Canadian, yes. :)

I squee over your 13-year-old fic! Even if I can't remember who Omega is.

In re the new BG -- as soon as I heard that Starbuck was a woman, I lost interest. I'm all for women in shows. I *love* women. But I don't like to see original premises changed so much. Not when Starbuck was my fave character.

I thought about writing a Troy/Dillon slash drabble for this post, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. *g*

Yay Canadians!!

And believe me, it's no sin not to remember Omega--I don't think the guy even had a name until half way through the series! *L*

If you are still contemplating Troy/Dillon slash, you could always have the guys ditching the brats with Jamie and running off to the Bahamas together! *L*

No one seems to have mentioned the most slashy ep of the entire series: Lost Planet of the Gods, parts 1 & 2. In this two part episode:

--Starbuck says he is jealous of Apollo & Evil Serena
--Starbuck throws a temper tantrum when Evil Serena tells him she's replaced him as Apollo's wingman, and basically runs out to commit suicide by getting himself caught by the Cylons;
--Apollo stares at the computer monitor waiting for Starbuck to come back, saying "I just can't believe he's gone!" Evil Serena says, "I loved him too!" (I wanted to hit her so bad.) At least she's acknowledging the fact that Apollo loves Starbuck.
--When Starbuck comes back, Apollo ignores Evil Serena, runs to Starbuck and throws his arms around him. Starbuck says, "Don't you know it's against regulations to hug a junior officer? Unless you mean it."
-Finally, Evil Serena dies.

Oh, and Galactica 1980 did not exist. It's a collective hallucination. It's a bad dream.

Re: Battlestar Galactica

Poor, dear Starbuck. He was too good for Apollo. *sniff*

Did you know they're remaking BG? I *think* the sci fi channel is doing it. I've heard this time Starbuck will be female.

Yeah, when I heard that Starbuck was going to be female I lost interest. Not that I get SciFi anyhow, being in Canada.

I think BG is one of those things that just *can't* be remade. It was a product of its time.

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